Savannah Eadens, The Oregonian, November 25, 2022
With more than a month left in 2022, the fatal shootings pushed Portland to a record 93 homicides, according to an Oregonian/OregonLive analysis of the city’s surge of violence. The number eclipsed the peak of 92 homicides last year, which had shattered the city’s previous record of 70 homicides in 1987.
Both this year and last, most of the people have died in shootings.
Police on Thursday arrested a 63-year-old man in the apartment lot shooting in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood. Teddy Wayne Hall Sr. faces allegations of second-degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon.
Court records identified the man shot and killed just before 8 p.m. at the complex in the 4200 block of Southeast 37th Avenue as Raja Raphael McAllister, 46.
Hall is being held in the downtown jail without bail. Jail intake paperwork showed he has a previous criminal record in Oregon from the 1980s and ‘90s with seven felony convictions, including robbery and drug possession.
In the other shooting, police said they found a wounded person about 9 p.m. Wednesday in the 11000 block of Northeast Glenn Widing Drive. The person later died, they said, though it’s unclear where. Homicide detectives responded to investigate.
An employee at a hotel in the commercial block near the airport said it appeared to be a drive-by shooting near the freeway.
Police did not respond to requests for more information.
A third shooting outside a bar in St. Johns left a man in critical condition Thursday, police said.
A 43-year-old woman is accused of shooting her boyfriend while the two argued outside the Blue Bird Tavern, prosecutors allege in a probable cause affidavit. Barbara Marie Smith of Portland was arrested on allegations of first-degree assault and driving under the influence of intoxicants.
So far this year, at least 78 of the homicide victims died in shootings.